LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Dozens of Las Cruces residents attended a candlelight vigil at Las Cruces High School Thursday evening in honor of the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
Students organized the vigil with 26 candles and 26 paper angels for each one of the victims.
"i just remember making all of the angels and you really don't realize how many there were," said Alyssa Perez, a senior at Las Cruces High who helped organize the vigil. "You just start making angel after angel and you realize they're children."
Students read each victim's name and rang a bell in their honor.
Parents in attendance reflected on the tragedy relating it to their own families.
"it could've easily been my children," said Michelle Ronga, a teacher at Las Cruces High and mother of three children.
Ronga said she wanted to pay her respects and wanted to make sure her children were present at the vigil.
"The greatest thing we can teach our kids is kindness and I think that will go a long way in this world to teach our kids to be sympathetic and compassionate loving," Ronga said.
Students said this helped get the school involved by allowing everybody to participate and show their support for the victims.
"Everybody in the country is thinking about them and we all have them in our prayers," said Natalie Viramontes.